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Fishbone Alley construction to begin soon in Gulfport

This rendering shows what Fishbone Alley is expected to look like in a few months. (Photo source: City of Gulfport) This rendering shows what Fishbone Alley is expected to look like in a few months. (Photo source: City of Gulfport)
"It's going to be a place where people will hopefully gather. It's a tourist attraction is what it is," Gulfport Economic Development Director David Parker said. (Photo source: WLOX) "It's going to be a place where people will hopefully gather. It's a tourist attraction is what it is," Gulfport Economic Development Director David Parker said. (Photo source: WLOX)
Fishbone Alley would take on new life with dumpsters and graffiti being replaced by hanging gardens and artwork. (Photo source: WLOX) Fishbone Alley would take on new life with dumpsters and graffiti being replaced by hanging gardens and artwork. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Imagine the feel of a festive New Orleans alleyway right here on the coast. That's what the city of Gulfport is trying to accomplish in an upcoming development called Fishbone Alley. 

New urbanism is the term Economic Development Director David Parker used to describe his idea.

"It's where you take an alley and you turn it into a destination," said Parker.

That destination would run right behind some of Gulfport's most popular restaurants. Fishbone Alley would take on new life with dumpsters and graffiti being replaced by hanging gardens and artwork. Overhead treatments, like hanging lights and arches, will be added to make the alley feel warm and welcoming.

Parker said he thought of the idea about a year ago while walking past the dark and dirty alleyway.

"It's very small, it's not a lot to work with so you have to be really creative and really thoughtful in the application of it," he said.

One of the elements that Parker is most excited about will be underfoot. He said bricks were saved from the original streets of downtown that were laid in 1906. Those bricks will be put to new use in Fishbone Alley's pavement.

"So, when people come into the alley, I hope they notice the historic, original brick street laid," said Parker.

With a handful of restaurants that will spill right out onto the alley, Parker can only imagine good things coming from this project.

"It's going to be a place where people will hopefully gather. It's a tourist attraction is what it is," said Parker.

A contract has been signed with Gulf Breeze Landscaping Company and the project should be underway soon. Parker said the Myan Rikel Architecture Firm from Baltimore helped bring the project to life.

Fishbone Alley should be completed in the next several months using around $300,000 in CDBG funds.

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